Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen – April 5, 2018

Posted by | April 5, 2018 7:02 pm


Warrior tennis picks up a win over Cumberland County

Posted by | April 5, 2018 12:52 pm

The White County High School Warrior tennis team picked up their second win of the season, on Tuesday afternoon, against Cumberland County. The Warriors won all three of the matchups that they played, on Tuesday. The Warriorettes struggled in their matchup against Cumberland County, on Tuesday, winning only three of their nine matches.

On the Warriors’ side, Tyler Vaughn picked up an 8-2 win over Cumberland County’s Kevin Swallows in the top spot match. Eli McCormack also picked up an 8-4 win over Dillon Mitchell in the second spot. Zack Smith, Kurt Suggs, Jonas Fornehed, and Seth McCormack all picked up wins for the Warriors by default in … Read More


Warren County sweeps series from Warrior baseball

Posted by | April 5, 2018 12:50 pm

Jason Maxwell takes a swing at a pitch in the Warriors’ game against Warren County, on Monday night. Maxwell also pitched two thirds of an inning against the Pioneers, on Monday and Tuesday nights.

When the White County High School baseball team and the Warren County baseball team got together for their home and away District 6AAA series, it was the pitchers who dominated the matchups.

In two games, the pitchers combined to allow a total of 11 runs combined, 23 hits, and 18 strikeouts. Unfortunately, for the Warriors, they came up on the short side of the score in each game.

Warren County picked up their fourth and fifth wins of the district race with a 6-1 win, at White County, on Monday ,and then picked up a 3-1 win, on Tuesday, at Warren County.

To put it simply, runs were … Read More


WCHS softball picks up split

Posted by | April 5, 2018 12:48 pm

The WCHS softball team meets Sarah Parker at home plate after her first inning homerun, on Tuesday night.

The White County High School softball team picked up a split to start their busy week of softball.

After picking up a 15-0 win over Monterey, on Monday night, the Warriorettes would fall to Warren County 13-6 in their first District 6AAA game of the season, on Tuesday night.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes were able to get in the win column when they played host to Monterey for a non-district match-up. Ellie Savage pitched WCHS to the 15-0 win.

Savage threw three innings, giving up two hits, no runs, and struck out eight Monterey hitters.

The big offensive inning for the Warriorettes was the third inning when … Read More


New Rio Grande take-out restaurant opening on Spring Street

Posted by | April 5, 2018 12:37 pm

By Rima Austin, contributor

Great migrations have had an impact on the American culture, which usually involved families moving from east to west. Thirteen years ago however, a great migration took place from west to east, at least for one family.

Robert and Tammy Hysell were both raised in New Mexico. Both sides of their family had deep Southwestern roots, with Robert Hysell’s heritage tracing back to Mexico and Spain. Even though they loved their native state, they were looking for a change, so they packed their belongings and followed other family members to the Southeast where they say they fell in love with everything Tennessee.

“First my … Read More



Van Buren County Health Department supports efforts to increase public awareness

Posted by | April 5, 2018 9:21 am

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a good reminder that sexual violence impacts everyone. The Van Buren County Health Department supports efforts to increase public awareness about sexual violence and educating communities on how to prevent it. Rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center show one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives.

Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience sexual assault before age 18. On campus, one in five women … Read More


The Inn at Fall Creek Falls sees its last guests effective April 2

Posted by | April 5, 2018 9:03 am

Employees from The Inn at Fall Creek Falls express their emotions about losing their jobs as they wear t-shirts that say “Our Last Day” on the front and “Thanks Haslam” on the back.

A sad day for close to 60 employees and for an entire community became reality as state officials closed the Inn at Fall Creek Falls, on April 2, to demolish the structure and make way for new construction.

On April 3, officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, who is the owner and operator of the Inn at Fall Creek Falls, were busy gathering items and loading them into … Read More


A field trip to Rock City in the 1930’s

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:55 am

Joanna Grove Beach is seen during her younger days, posing in front of an old school bus.

By Joanna Grove Beach

As spring arrives and the end of another school year draws near, I see the bright yellow buses taking children on field trips, and my mind wanders back in time to a field trip I went on with my classmates when I was a child. But before I tell you about the trip, I have to explain how we raised the money for the trip.

Instead of the spring, our field trip was in the late summer of 1936. I was 12 years old and in the … Read More


Van Buren officials prepare voting machines for upcoming elections

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:50 am

Officials with Van Buren County Election Commission have now gone through the process of preparing the voting machines for the upcoming May 1 elections. (Photo By BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Van Buren County Election Commission officials recently gathered to ensure voting machines are prepared and sealed for the upcoming primary elections that will take place in May.

On April 3, 2018, officials with the Van Buren County Election Commission, along with administrator Wayne Simons, met to make final preparations for the county’s voting machines ahead of the upcoming May 1, 2018 primary election.

Election officials inspected each voting machine to ensure the machines were in working order, verified that no pre-existing votes were cast on the machines (zeroing-out the machines), and replaced seals on the machine to ensure they aren’t tampered with prior to the election.

While the … Read More


Van Buren residents object to liquor-by-the drink referendum

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:48 am

Both liquor by the drink and on-premises beer consumption were challenged by concerned residents during a recent City of Spencer Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

Over two dozen residents crammed into a small room and overflowed into the hallway at Spencer City Hall recently to voice their concerns about a proposed referendum that would allow liquor by the drink within city limits of Spencer.

A proposed restaurant owner came under fire by fellow residents as they appeared before the Spencer Board of Mayor and Aldermen, on March 29, as a request to allow liquor by the drink to be placed on a referendum during the upcoming November elections.

Clayton Miles originally came before the city board, on Jan. 26, 2018, and made his intentions known that he plans to build a Mexican cuisine … Read More


Southern Ladies Quilt Guild presents quilts to Vietnam War Veterans Association in Sparta

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:38 am

On Dec. 14, 2017, Kitty Engel, president of the Southern Ladies Quilt Guild, along with Mildred Young and Fran England, presented quilts to each of the members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association.

The Southern Ladies Quilt Guild was established, in 2013, by a group of women interested in furthering their skills in quilting. One of the main objectives of the group was to be able to contribute back to the community by donations of quilts and other items as needed. Since the beginning, the guild has donated quilts to veterans’ groups through the Tennessee Valley Quilting Association, as well as to some of the nursing homes in … Read More


Learn about vertical gardening

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:34 am

Dr. Natalie Bumgarner

U.T. Extension and the White County Garden Club is hosting a vertical gardening program, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the White County Library. Vertical gardening is a novel approach to growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in small spaces. It takes less space and is easier to harvest and maintain than traditional gardening. UT Residential and Consumer Extension Specialist Dr. Natalie Bumgarner will share ideas and how-tos on a successful vertical garden. Everyone is welcome.


April observed as Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:26 am

Healthy Start representative Angie Roberts is pictured with White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson as he declares April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, in White County. Healthy Start is a program of the Stephens Center, which is celebrating 30 years as a promoter of healthy families and child abuse prevention.


Alpha Delta members visit White County Heritage Museum

Posted by | April 5, 2018 8:24 am

Pictured in the mock-up of a classroom at the White County Heritage Museum are new initiate Kim Ellen, along with president Janet Harris, of Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (Society of Key Women Educators). The chapter held their March meeting with a warm welcome from museum employees, Judy Hurteau and Brenda Templeton.


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